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Nokia N96 US

Aug 26, 2008
Market status
Release date
Sep 24, 2008


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  • Low pixel density screen (143 ppi)
  • Single-core processor
  • Too little RAM memory (128 MB RAM)
  • It is so thick it needs a personal fitness trainer (0.70 inches inches)
  • Low resolution display (240 x 320 pixels)
  • Low-resolution camera (5 megapixels)
  • Low-resolution video capture
  • Lacks an ambient light sensor for automatic screen brightness adjustment




Successor of the N95, the N96 is dual-slider with both numeric keypad and one for multimedia control. It still has 5-megapixel camera, but now is with 2.8" display, 16GB of memory plus microSD slot. It is Symbian S60 Feature Pack 2 smartphone with WiFi, GPS, quad-band GSM support and dual-band UMTS. Unlike the European variant, this one lacks the mobileTV feature.

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  • Device type:
    • Smart phone
  • OS:
    • Symbian (9.3) S60 3rd Edition, Feature Pack 2
  • Dimensions:
    • 4.05 x 2.16 x 0.70 inches (103 x 55 x 18 mm)
  • Weight:
    • 4.40 oz (125 g)
      the average is 5.3 oz (150 g)


  • Physical size:
    • 2.8 inches
  • Resolution:
    • 240 x 320 pixels
  • Pixel density:

    Pixel density - The pixel density of a display represents the number of pixels over an area of one inch. It’s measured in “pixels per inch”, or ppi. The higher the number, the more detailed and good-looking the display is.

    • 143 ppi
  • Technology:

    Technology - There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.

    • TFT
  • Screen-to-body ratio:
    • 43.02 %
  • Colors:
    • 16 777 216


  • Camera:
      • 5 megapixels
    • Flash:
      • Dual LED
    • Aperture size:

      Aperture size - The aperture of a camera is the opening through which light travels before it reaches the camera sensor. The smaller the number is, the bigger this opening is, allowing for more light to pass.

      • F2.8
    • Features:
      • Autofocus
  • Camcorder:
      • 640x480 (VGA) (30 fps)
    • Features:
      • Video calling
  • Front-facing camera:
      • Yes


  • Processor:

    Processor - The processor is the main computing component of a phone and is a major factor when it comes to the overall speed of the device. Some more powerful smartphones use dual-core and quad-core processors designed to deliver greater performance.

    • Single core, 264 MHz, ARM9
  • System memory:

    System memory - System memory, or RAM memory is the type of memory that the device uses to temporarily store data from the OS or currently-running apps. The more RAM available to the device, the better the performance will be when multiple or heavier programs are running.

    • 128 MB RAM / 256 MB ROM
  • Built-in storage:
    • 16 GB
  • Storage expansion:
    • microSD, microSDHC


  • Talk time:
    • 3.83 hours
      the average is 15 h (890 min)
  • Stand-by time:
    • 9.6 days (230 hours)
      the average is 18 days (434 h)
  • Talk time (3G):
    • 2.60 hours
      the average is 16 h (934 min)
  • Stand-by time (3G):
    • 8.3 days (200 hours)
      the average is 24 days (575 h)
  • Music playback:
    • 14.00 hours
  • Video playback:
    • 5.00 hours
  • Capacity:
    • 950 mAh


  • Radio:
      • FM, Stereo, RDS, Visual Radio

Internet browsing

  • Browser:
      • S60 OSS Browser


  • GSM:
    • 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
  • UMTS:
    • 850, 1900 MHz
  • Data:
    • HSDPA 3.6 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE
  • Positioning:

    Positioning - This field shows the positioning systems supported by the device. There are three main types: GPS, A-GPS and GLONASS. GPS - This is one of the most widespread global positioning technologies, developed and maintained by the U.S. government. It uses satellites in order to detect your location. Works best in clear weather. A-GPS - A-GPS stands for Assisted GPS and is the industry standard for positioning and navigation. “Assisted” means that it can use local wireless networks, in addition to satellites, for quicker and more precise localization. GLONASS - GLONASS is a global positioning system, developed by the Russian Federation. It’s very similar to GPS, but isn’t so popular in cell phones.

    • A-GPS
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  • Bluetooth:
      • 2.0, EDR
  • Wi-Fi:
      • 802.11 b, g
  • USB:
      • USB 2.0
    • Connector:
      • microUSB
    • Features:
      • Mass storage device
  • Other:
    • TV-Out, DLNA, UPnP, Computer sync, OTA sync, VoIP

Other features

  • Notifications:
    • Music ringtones (MP3), Polyphonic ringtones, Vibration, Phone profiles, Flight mode, Silent mode, Speakerphone
  • Sensors:
      • Accelerometer
    • Voice dialing, Voice commands, Voice recording, Push-to-Talk


  • Officially announced:
    • 26 Aug 2008

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